Belfast Telegraph

Primary teachers back pay deal

Primary teachers have backed the revised public sector pay deal.

The Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) is the only teaching union to support the Haddington Road deal and has given the Government a major boost in getting overall agreement .

Members voted 63% in favour of the pay cuts and working reforms.

Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary, said the deal was a pragmatic choice between the Croke Park II proposals put forward by the Government and the new deal. "Teachers have not so much backed the Haddington Road proposals as rejected the Government's alternative," she said.

The INTO has 32,000 members and is an influential member of Congress.

Executives of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (Asti) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland effectively rejected the deal, the successor to Croke Park, and have no plans to hold a vote. They argued that the new cuts and reforms were not far enough removed from Croke Park II.

The Unite trade union rejected the Haddington Road agreement in a ballot last week.

The contract sets out how the Government plans to reduce the public service pay bill by 300 million euro this year and one billion euro over three years.

Teachers will lose supervision and substitution allowances and separate salary increment freezes will apply over the duration of the deal for workers on 35,000 euro or less and between 35,000 and 65,000 euro.

Teachers on the highest scales will face pay cuts of between 5.5% and 6%.


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